Berrios was removed for precautionary reasons, and the team still seems likely to skip him in the Double-A rotation if he is still feeling the aftereffects of the tightness in a few days. He owns a 4.58 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio with New Britian after an excellent stretch at high Class A Fort Myers.
"I'll be fine," Smolinski said. "But it's always frustrating to not be on the field with your teammates. I'm just trying to stay positive and control everything I can control right now, and do my best to get back out there."
Smolinski is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday, but that remains unlikely until he can run without issue. He has hit .389/.450/.472 in 36 at-bats over 11 games.
Heyward was initially expected to return Wednesday or Thursday, but the Braves will play it safe with the outfielder. He has been dealing with a back injury this week.
Holland was playing in his first game this season after dealing with a knee injury. If all goes well during rehab, he could return to the Rangers rotation in the last few weeks of August.
Previous reports have said that outfielder
Saunders isn't swinging the bat at 100 percent yet and that "it's going to take some time," according to McClendon, but he was able to participate in batting practice for a second straight day Wednesday. Saunders has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.
Cashner was able to throw sliders in Wednesday's session, something that caused him soreness earlier in the year. He has been out since June 20 while recovering from a shoulder injury. Cashner owns a 2.36 ERA and 59:22 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.
Soto was placed on the disabled list last week with a groin injury. He has made just three appearances with the Rangers this season, going 4 for 11 at the plate.
Parker is being sent down for a fresh bullpen arm after the team's 16-inning marathon Tuesday. He owns a 5.59 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings over seven appearances.
Mercer has managed to pick up a base hit in five straight games, but Wednesday's home run was his first since June 21. He has hit .254/.296/.370 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 335 at-bats.